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Equity and Social Justice

Activating philanthropy to shape a world where all people can flourish.* 

*borrowed from Audre Lorde

NCG embraces philanthropy's role in ensuring equity in our institutions, culture, and society. Exclusionary policies and systematic discrimination have restricted access to resources and power. We are committed to creating access and opportunities that address structural inequities and support social movements. 

We partner with members and organizations to address racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, classism, and we pull together business, government, nonprofits, and our community to advance social justice. Examples include:

Defining our Terms

Equity. Equal access to opportunity, institutions, and resources by all people to enable them to participate, prosper, and thrive.

Social Justice. Systematic fair treatment by and within governmental, social, cultural, and community institutions that ensure equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. 

Events

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 (All day)

We invite you to join us virtually for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) on March 16-18 and March 23-25, 2021 along with more than 300 philanthropy representatives from around the country. We will meet with our elected officials about the policies that matter most to philanthropy.

Resources

Throughout the state of California, organizers and communities impacted by incarceration are demanding an end to jail expansion. On this webinar we heard about the lessons learned from JusticeLA’s victory and what is required to create successful and effective coalitions to end mass incarceration. We heard from organizers from Los Angeles and the Bay Area about the current status of the fights to end jail expansion throughout the state and the role of funders in advancing these campaigns.

The California Criminal Justice Funders Group is pleased to share our first-of-its-kind report “Funding the Future: Fellowships for Formerly-Incarcerated People in California.”

As public awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) grows, there have been a number of legislative initiatives within the state of California designed to support the screening, prevention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Immigration issues have attracted significant attention over the past few years as changes in federal policies have ignited debates across the political spectrum.

This report explores the direct impacts of detention and deportation on family finances, health, and well-being. The findings are based on interviews with 20 families that recently had a family member detained or deported and 12 legal services providers, health centers, educators, and community organizations serving immigrant fami lies conducted in California, Texas, and Washington, DC during Summer 2018. Most family respondents were Hispanic women with children in the household; immigrants in the families primarily came to the U.S. from Mexico and Central America.

News

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau
Thursday, January 14, 2021

The events of the first week of January hit us hard and brought up different emotions. We quickly pivoted to curating a new list of articles to have us reflect on the history of white supremacist violence, the disparities of who gets policed, and the illusion of a democracy that isn’t for all people.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Well, it didn’t take long for 2021 to remind us that the journey back from the edge of an abyss will not be a gentle one. Last Wednesday showed us we will need to advance racial equity to achieve a functioning democracy. And if democracy fails, we cannot sustain racial equity. The insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th undermines both.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

In a year of memorable moments, I keep coming back to a conversation I had with my cousin Harold that is shaping my entry into 2021. Harold lives in Chicago and is an ardent student of history, particularly in the pursuit of racial justice. His observations often help me refine my own thinking.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

By Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

Alice Hom and Daniel Lau
Thursday, December 17, 2020

For the last month of a challenging year, we’re highlighting articles that address medical mistrust in the public health sector, bias in data, and inclusive policies. Themes of narrative change and cultural understanding coupled with asking different questions run through some articles as well. We hope you wind down the year with some rest and reflection. See you in 2021!